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Life sciences law review – Switzerland

Switzerland harbours many sectors of the life sciences industry. Swiss research, development and production are well known in all corners of the planet. Switzerland is home to world leaders and is the origin of many groundbreaking ideas turned into successful start-ups, some set to become top players within a generation. The Federal Institutes of Technology […]

FCA guidance on supporting customers impacted by coronavirus in the high-cost credit market

The FCA has announced a package of measures to help protect consumers in the high-cost credit (HCC) market. This guidance has been published alongside guidance for customers in the motor finance market and follows on from finalised guidance issued last week in relation to the protection of customers in the personal loan, credit card and overdraft markets.

Banking themes to expect in 2020

Despite the global economy stuttering following months of trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty, and the more recent impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, existing trends in the banking sector continue to march on. In this article, partners Paul Gair and Tim Waller and legal director Harry Parker, give their views on what we’re likely to see across three areas shaping banking at the start of this new decade.

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Finance deals round-up

Allen & Overy (Mario Jacovides) advised the European Investment Bank on its role as senior lender on the Japanese operating leases of two Airbus A340-300 aircraft which will be operated by Iberia. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Iberia and Norton Rose advised junior debt provider and arranger Crédit Agricole Indosuez. Herbert Smith (Stephen Gale, Kevin Pullen) […]

Piecing together the evidence

Two more pieces to the Lovells building jigsaw. Unfortunately, there will not be space (and perhaps noparticular interest) to supply the remaining pieces in future issues. But if you’d like a complete Lovells building or Lovells boardroom jigsaw, then please send a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque for £100,000 – surely a snip for […]

Stanbrook links up in China

Stanbrook & Hooper’s Chinese practice has formed an alliance with Chinese firm East & Associates The alliance will be called Stanbrook East & Associates and will be headquartered in Beijing with a second office in Shanghai.The deal was brokered by Stanbrook & Hooper partner Lei Wang, who will transfer to Beijing to become a partner […]

KPMG loses another to Sonnenberg

South African firm Sonnenberg Hoffman & Galombik has taken another KPMG international tax partner, following the appointment of 14 KPMG lawyers at the end of September The team had been at KPMG for only a few months, arriving from Andersen following the Enron scandal.Ana-Celia Mendes will be based in the firm’s Joh-annesburg office, which was […]

Jones Day faces High Court for failure to disclose conflict of interest

US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue appears in the High Court today accused of professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty It is alleged that the firm acted for both sides in a share placement by the Saab brothers at the Saudi American Bank without disclosing the conflict.In relation to today’s case (28 October) […]

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